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Sunday, 14 April 2024 7.00 PM IST

From audience to acclaim; Ganga's journey with violin


MALAPPURAM: Whenever a violin concert is held on the stage of the Guruvayur temple, one-and-a-half-year-old Ganga was one of the spectators, along with her mother. She doesn't get up until the concert is over. That one-and-a-half-year-old girl is now ten years old. Years later, Ganga Sasidharan became a dazzling star by performing magic on the violin on the same stage. Concerts were held in many places in Kerala and Hyderabad with invitations to South Africa, Switzerland, Delhi, and Bengaluru.

Ganga became a star after the Jugalbandi held at the Guruvayur temple last November, went viral on social media. A concert at Vaikam Mahadeva Temple in December for Vaikathashthami also went viral. She also participated as a guest on programs on private channels. Ganga's violin concerts are now a hit on YouTube as well.

Ganga, a class 5 student of Ayirur AUPS, is the daughter of KM Sasidharan and Krishnaveni. She is also learning dance. Mother Krishnaveni also studied violin. Father Sasidharan works in Dubai.

Two hours of training a day

She started learning violin at the age of four and a half. She started performing on stage at the age of seven.

Training starts at 5:30 am and lasts for two hours. Ganga, who loved violinist Balabhaskar, the day after his death expressed her desire to learn violin. Her first Guru was Radhika Teacher of Guruvayur. Then, she trained under C S Anurupa, a violin staff artist at Thrissur Akashvani. The teacher told her not to be scared when her hand got injured while playing violin for the first time. Ganga replied that she is not afraid; she just wants to learn.

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